The Vandal

4.8
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172 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
Laid back neighborhood wine bar, focusing on intently seasonal food and cocktails. Small, ever changing menu ensures that you are experiencing the most exciting food in the most intimate of experiences.

With respect to simplicity and execution, we try to highlight the awesome product from our local purveyors with minimal "fuss"


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Pittsburgh
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere but feels like a work in process.

Suggestion for the swordfish prep: Top moi gets could be Siracusa or an Asian bbq for a tastier version. Also a better balance of grains and greens.

Plan to try again.

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have written several other reviews so I will keep this short. GET THE ARRANCINI!!!!!!!!! The Risotto used in it is finished with bone marrow giving it an amazing flavor and texture.

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have written several reviews of the Vandal, so I will keep it brief. It was EXCELLENT in every regard. Pork chop wass cooked perfectly, which is unusual in a restaurant. . The new half chicken dish was outstanding!The staff works together seamlessly.

J
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here too often? Love the staff & food.

p
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary here and everything was fantastic! Always reccomend the Vandal

t
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared small plates and the red snapper. Everything was beautifully done, fresh, inventive. Great cocktails!

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quite delicious and the service was excellent

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The seating outside was less than ideal but we made it work.

t
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

H
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu. My wife and I had one of each with the wine flight. Everything was delicious and unique. Kudos to the kitchen.

J
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have something new and wonderful to try at every regular visit. <3

JA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was phenomenal. The chitara pasta was probably the best pasta dish I’ve ever had.

C
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited The Vandal during Restaurant Week, so we got a great deal on a three course meal. I loved the decor of the restaurant. The staff was very nice and personable. The food was DELICIOUS. The waitress even gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne because we were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday that evening. I will definitely recommend The Vandal to my friends and family for a unique dining experience!

LZ
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious farm to table food, presentation amazing, small venue, 8 tables, byob or small wine/beer/cocktail menu. Will definitely be back!

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I won't go on and on since I've written two fairly long reviews in the last two months. The Vandal was outstanding again with some new menu additions. I had the Tomato leaf chittara pasta with basil, burrata, blistered tomatoes and balsamico which was new to the menu and I am very glad I did. My wife and I shared the Chanterelle mushroom appetizer, possibly the best mushrooms I have ever eaten. One thing I've never mentioned is the tasty and plentiful (complimentary) bread service at the Vandal which is a course for which m many of their competitors charge There was a party of nine to ten people at one table and as we ate most of the tables filled up. The hostess/server/bar tender did an amazing job of fulfilling everybody's needs calmly and quickly. We try to go to the Vandal for dinner every two weeks and we always walk out very impressed.

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends in town visiting from California (where we have also lived) and took them to the Vandal on a Saturday night. We were all very impressed by the food and service. The dishes were complex and the pasta was delicious. The san fraciscans raved about it--we will be back!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all LOVE this place. One of our favorite spots in Pittsburgh.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh, beautifully made food. Owner and staff are so passionate about their restaurant, makes being there feel like you’re participating in something special!! Such a better vibe than the new hotel bars and Brooklyn imports

AM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is the best food I have ever eaten. It's creative and interesting and expertly crafted, without being pretentious. Unlike most arty food, the portion sizes are good. It's amazing value for the prices. The staff is very friendly and the restaurant is pretty. The hard surfaces make the restaurant very noisy; we switched to the small patio out back and that was much more pleasant.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and great food

AF
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about The Vandal. Unique from top to bottom - thoughtful menu, drinks you’ll never find elsewhere. And, most importantly - DELICIOUS!! We enjoy every single bite and can’t wait to go back.

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always, tied with Morcilla as my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. We try to go every two weeks.

R
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Vandal for our Tuesday dinner out ended up a disappointment for us. My wife had lettuce that she says was gritty, maybe it needed to be washed better? My snapper was extremely dry from being overcooked. Needless to say I won't be headed back in the near future.

AA
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The server was super attentive and very nice. Great chill atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

OT
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Vandal! Great food and great service!!

GC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely worth a visit. Small selection but all the food was very tasty and fresh. Drinks were great, service was good, we would go back.

JR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so glad someone recommended The Vandal to us! It would be a fabulous NYC restaurant, never mind Pittsburgh.
The owner was our server. Absolutely every morsel was divine. I am definitely going back!

n
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place truly offers some of the best food in Pittsburgh. The service is wonderful, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. And even more impressive is the very reasonable prices. I strongly recommend the Vandal.

CN
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far surpasses many highly-rated restaurants in quality: I would compare it favorably to Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune in NYC.

c
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, menu and service. The personal attention and recommendations for food was icing on the cake.

PM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. WOW. We've always loved it for Breakfast Brunch, but had our first dinner over the weekend. Absolutely some of the best dishes in the city. We sat on the patio which was so delightful and watched folks pick from the above garden for our seasonally fabulous cocktails. I had what was called the garden party and my husband the pickled ramp martini - YUM! We shared small plates with our two other friends. Each plate was better than the next. It's 1000000% our new go to for dinner.

m
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine selection, desserts, and atmosphere!

J
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in the city: always pleasant & knowledgeable staff, fantastic selection of unique wines, and an ever changing menu featuring fresh dishes with well rounded flavor profiles, all with the feel of a bistro.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally blown away by our meal. Best piece of fish (red snapper) I’ve ever eaten. We are spoiled in Philly with fantastic restaurants but this place was as good if not better than most. Simple, charming and an excellent small wine list too. Go before ramps are out of season!

K
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING. We went on a Thursday for a birthday dinner and had the best food we’ve had in a while. The hamachi crudo and mussels were our favorites. The cocktails were interesting and delicious as well. The menu is on the small side but everything perfected and you can’t go wrong with any selection. Definitely will be back!

HB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waitress, who I wish I could remember her name. Awesome experience. Made for a very special Mother's Day :)

CZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced and very limited choice of main courses. Much fewer than menu on their website

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Frequent often. Always incredible food, friendly,knowledgeable service.

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been going to the Vandal for the last three years. In that time it has been through many changes, the latest being long time chef, Czilla Thackery, leaving. After our last meal I would say the kitchen has not lost a step. The food was interesting, tasty and well presented. The service was perfect. At times I pine for the "old days" at the Vandal with the BYOB program and lower prices, however every time we go to the Vandal we walk out exclaiming to ourselves what a great meal we had and how the quality of the food is equal to, or better, than most more established "fine dining" restaurants.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here despite living very close by! The food was incredible, the best prosciutto I’ve ever had. The ambience was so relaxing, perfect for a date. We’ll definitely be back!

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